KMD's CHA Hospital, Korea Wins 2008 AIA National Healthcare Award
The new hospital is among the first in Korea to offer a full array ofadvances such as combined labor/delivery rooms and water birthing, whichinvite the participation of the family in the birthing process. To meet Koreanexpectations, one entire floor of the hospital is given over to an extendedstay spa, wherein women may remain up to one month after giving birth. Otheraspects for women's healthcare and maternity services offered by the CHAHealth System range from in-vitro fertilization to stem cell research.
The new hospital brings to a dense, suburban Seoul neighborhood agleaming, modernist building attractive to Korea's younger women, and offerspatient care in an environment often reserved for high-couture shops, spas,hair salons and trendy restaurants. The design celebrates high technology butalso incorporates elements from traditional Korean architecture such as wood,plants, organic forms and water features, within and outside the building ondecks and terraces.
In keeping with KMD's concept of "Triple Green Design," which promotesenergy conservation but also aims at enhancing human health and performance onthe part of the staff and patients as well as the surrounding community, thenew CHA Hospital is a showcase for KMD's philosophy to create healthcarebuildings that are efficient to operate, supportive of staff and beneficial tothe well being of patients and families.
Included among KMD's design goals is enhancing the hospital experiencethrough the maximization and control of day lighting, as well as creating asense of privacy in patient bedrooms within a dense urban setting.
Another, equally important strategy is the introduction of natural forms,plants, materials and water features throughout the hospital, within thebuilding itself, in contrast to the high density and busyness of thesurrounding neighborhood. Nearly all floors of the building, from the basementto the rooftop garden, become accessible respite areas for patients, staff andvisitors alike, either visually or by experiencing the outdoor spaces andever-changing Korean weather.
Since 1963, KMD Architects have combined innovation and creativity toprovide exceptional healthcare, academic, commercial and corporatearchitectural services. With offices in Mexico City, Portland, Seattle, SanFrancisco and Los Angeles, and projects throughout the world. A leader ingreen building and sustainable design, KMD designs have been completed in over30 U.S. states, and 15 countries around the world and have won over 200 designawards, including over forty from AIA (American Institute of Architects).Notable KMD designs include the Seoul City Hall in Seoul, Korea; Two RodeoDrive in Beverly Hills; Nadya Park in Nagoya, Japan; Ford Field in Detroit;and Jie Fang Headquarters in Shanghai, China. The company's web site can beviewed at http://www.kmdarchitects.com.
SOURCE KMD Architects
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